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The Queens Arms

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Corton Denham, Sherborne, DT9 4LR, Somerset
England, United Kingdom

Bare boards, winter fire, big mirrors, Moor Queen’s on tap and some extremely enjoyable food - a little country treasure. Much-loved, too

Stride across rolling fields, feast on Corton Denham lamb, retire to a perfect room. Buried down several Dorset/Somerset border lanes, Gordon and Jeanette Reid's 18th-century stone pub has an elegant exterior – more country gentleman's house than pub. The bar, with its rug-strewn flagstones and bare boards, pew benches, deep sofas and crackling fire, is most charming. In the dining room – big mirrors on terracotta walls, new china on old tables – robust British dishes are distinguished by fresh ingredients from local suppliers. Try pheasant, pigeon and black pudding terrine, followed by monkfish with chive velouté... then make room for a comforting crumble. Bedrooms are beautifully designed in soothing colours, and all have lovely views over the village and surrounding hills. New coach house rooms are super, too: underfloor heating, crisp linen and down duvets, brass and sleigh beds, iPod docks and immaculate wet rooms. Expect Moor Queen's Revival on tap, homemade pork pies on the bar, Black Spot bacon at breakfast, and stunning walks from the front door.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Pets allowed in bedrooms (not on the bed).
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from
Gordon & Jeanette Reid:

  • Corton Denham sits just three miles from the medieval market town of Sherborne, nestled in the dramatic hills that form the border between Dorset and Somerset.
  • Sherborne Abbey is the centrepiece of the town with a lofty nave formed from one of the finest examples of fan vaulting in Europe.
  • The town's history has left its impression with two castles, the romantic ruins of the old castle, destroyed during the civil war and the New Castle is home to the Digby family, who own much of the town, and is perched on the edge of a scenic lake and beautiful deer park.
  • The Macmillan and Monarch way are close by and can offer long distance walks, an afternoon walk to and from the Queens Arms would be to Cadbury Castle, the home of King Arthur.
  • There are also a number of National Trust properties close by including Stourhead and King Alfred Tower, Lytes Cary, Tintinhull House, Forde Abbey, Montacute House and East Lambrooke Manor Gardens, all properties are within a 20 minute drive from The Queens Arms.
  • The jurassic coastline from Lyme Regis to West Bay is a 40 minute drive away, well worth the visit when staying at The Queens Arms.
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Booking enquiries: Gordon & Jeanette Reid
+44 (0)1963 220317 (landline)

  • 5 Doubles
  • 2 Twin/doubles
  • 1 Four-poster
Price:(i) £85 to£130 per night

Singles from £80.

Booking info:

Dogs welcome in ground-floor bedroom.


Lunch from £6.50. Dinner, 3 courses £25-£33.




Corton Denham, Sherborne, DT9 4LR, Somerset

Inn 5 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 85 to £ 130 per night
Inn 2 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) £ 85 to £ 130 per night
Inn 1 Four-poster room
Price: (i) £ 90 to £ 130 per night
Booking enquiries: Gordon & Jeanette Reid
+44 (0)1963 220317 (landline)

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